The times are below but don't reflect the true finishing order, with the usual variations in start times screwing it up. Still, at least we know Pete was first home and Stewart was fastest so well done to them.
Next time it will be back
to the normal way round.
Belatedly here are the results of September's handicap. I think I've got all the finishers (not everyone made it round).
The finishing order is their time against handicap and varies from reality in pretty much the same way as their watches varied from the reality of GMT.
Paul was actually the first man back in a pretty damned fast time.
Hopefully a bigger turnout next month (Monday the 3rd) is it time for another pacindah I wonder?
On a hot and muggy bank holiday an august crew set off in dribs and drabs, soon to be to dripping sweat as the warmth of the day kicked in.
On his first handicap for a while Bernie was first home, no doubt spurred on by freedom from Marathon training and the prospect of the upcoming Ben race. Tom made a rare appearance, his face the same colour as his pink shirt as he cooked in the gutted haddie. Sam C was a even rarer visitor, on a flying visit back von Deutschland, but his chances weren't helped by turning up with Bruce who was already late and setting straight into the steep climb up to the Crags was a pause. Mike put in another sterling run to record a sub 28 time on a hot day, pulling through most of the field towards the finish but not enough to pip a flying Devoy.
Bernie will no doubt be pleased to know that he can defend his handicap win the Monday after the Ben race.
With the mini heatwave still in progress and the school holidays kicking off we had a surprisingly robust number of runners out today.
A late start for Pete possibly denied him a victory, but as he didn't note his time we'll never be sure. Nonetheless he set off slightly ahead of Mike with Colwyn in hot pursuit.
Ian had brought along his mate Garth for his first attempt at the route, a bit ambitious really for someone who is more a footballer than a runner but fair play to him he dived in, following Alistair off, even taking the short-grass zig-zag route up the first slope.
Lack of route knowledge was one of his problems -getting stuck on the top of Whinny probably didn't help his time and luckily Richard B was ghosting round the route after arriving late and hoping to try catch at least some of us and found him and led him in the right direction down the scree.
Next off was Ian, followed shortly by Gordon and THOSE shorts, a brace of Camerons were next - Mr Murray preceding Mr Burt by a couple of seconds. PaulH, myself followed before the trio of backmarkers Jamie, MikeR and Paul started to chase us down.
Out on the course as Pete and Colwyn amongst others noticed it was patently obvious how hot it was out there with all that puffing and blowing, although going down seemed to be giving the most pleasure.
Allister timed his return to the course with some good form and knocked a huge chunk off his handicap taking him close to breaking 30 minutes, a little later a clutch of us arrived with a wee gap back to Garth - who'll be given something closer to his actual time as his start time for next Month
June results - a new record
With PaulF running into a rich seam of form after victory at Glas Tulaichan and 5th place in the Scottish champs race at Yetholm it was only fitting that his third race in three race days should see him break Stuart's hold on the course record with a 25:49 to also record his first handicap win.
Conditions were pretty good, with dry, firm surfaces and not much wind to upset the runners. First starter, after a long lay-off was Kenny - his time included a few detours and a couple of pauses for direction from the following runners. Good to see him out as it was the rest of the group. When you arrive for a later set off time you have no idea who is in front of you, but luckily with so many tried legs after the weekends activities I was able to see most of the runners who were out today at some point en-route.
Just about everyone seemed to be going up the gutted haddie even though it is getting a bit loose lower down and again the direct out and back route to Dunsapie is the favoured option of the moment.
Matteo reeled in Kenny about the summit of Whinny, with Paul storming through after him.
Further back PaulH was doing a bit of a Derek with a high heart rate forcing him to sit down and gather his thoughts at the top of Whinny. Mind you I doubt if I could have caught him otherwise.
Good day's running all in all with some excellent times, Jamie setting a new pb with his 27:26 being second fastest time of the day which knocks JamesB a bit further down the alltime rankings as well as outpacing MikeR who ran almost exactly on his handicap.
Good to see everyone bunching up in the end so the handicapping is not too far off - although Paul's is about to take a tumble :>)
Unless I'm mistake the July handicap will be on the 4th of July. Expect Gordon to wear his race shorts.
ps; I took splits this week in case anyone is interested in comparing time gaps going over Nether first rather than up the gutted haddie..
Lots of fast times and not everyone was setting off at their correct times means the actual finishing order might not reflect the order below. Pete Shaw, fresh from his recent Corbett completion, took full advantage of his rather generous handicap put in the best show of the day. Despite the fact that he and Andy effectively started the whole lunchtime Arthurs seat running group back in the '90s he still has a few shortcuts to find so I expect that this time will come down further (starting on time will also help). Matteo, by contrast a relative newcomer, also took advantage of the fine conditions to take a large chunk off his handicap with a fine sub 35 minute run. Indeed a slew of pb's and sub handicap times meant that only two of us failed to beat the clock (my lucky 13th place and just behind JamesJ mirroring Ben Lomond). Fastest run of the day went to Jamie, one of four runners to get on or under 30 minutes.
April Reversicap results
Excellent turnout and lovely running
weather with dry conditions underfoot.
Only consolation for me was that I made it to the bottom of the last hill, before anyone caught me. Then it all went to pot!!
Next month back to the usual way round.
Fantastic turnout for the March
Handicap, with a record 20 runners out on the hill.
Conditions underfoot were excellent, with a slight
We had 5 first-time handicappers
(Cameron M, Russell, Franck, Chris and Matteo) so
their times have been used as their handicap, hence
the 1 o'clock finish time.
Majority of us beat our handicap,
with PBs from Andy, Digby, Martin, Richard, Jamie,
Mike R, Paul H and Paul F.
Another double figure turnout today, which was not bad considering the school mid-term and post Carnethy5 effects.
First man home was Richard Bell, taking full advantage of last months fact finding run and running 2:40 quicker. A close finish for second saw JamesJ hold off PaulF, Paul recording the fastest time of the day to come within a whisker of the getting under the 28minute mark. Martin also scraped his gorse scraped legs inside his handicap, with Gordon leading home Andy for 5th place. Mind you, if Andy had arrived 2minutes earlier and set off at his correct time he would have placed 2nd ;>) Digby was this months victim of the handicapper, his run last month, combined with his run at Carnethy on Saturday saw me take a chunk off his handicap. Despite this he still managed to get to within 30 seconds of it. Eddie was the only one to have the decency to show the effects of Carnethy, but even then he still managed to hold off Tom and MikeL (whose gradual comeback saw him run 7 minutes faster than last month but still pick up the wooden spoon).
Another icy one to start the year.
If you add to the dodgy running surface a couple
of newbies and some 'not for a long time'bie's, mix
in some uncoordinated watches, some 'jogging around
cause it was "too icy"/"the day after
a hard cross country"/"forgotten watch"'
etc and the results are all over the place.
Good to see a huge turnout on such a treacherous day.
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